Monday 28 November
I’m not particularly an equine fan, but I seem to pick up a lot of information through the historical and fantasy books I read.
Horses were often ‘hobbled’ when away from stabling and the travellers were in open countryside. Unlike picketing, that ties up horses in a line with food and water readily available, hobbling allowed a horse to move around slowly and so graze at leisure,
but without full freedom.
Next Sunday’s collect: ‘Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us……, through our sins we are grievously hindered in running the race….’ The image is that our very humanity is hobbled, hindered by sin. The prayer is for God’s influence in
Question: Where in my life do I need ‘bountiful grace & mercy’ for ‘help & deliver(ance)’ .
Give me the grace at this time to offer you
those thing that I try to hide that often restrain
my humanity. May I have the will and the wit to
receive forgiveness and run free in your kingdom,
now and in the future. Amen.
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Thursday 24 March
‘For some silence is refreshing, for others it is awkward and challenging.’ So began the introduction for a silent Eucharist.
Each part of the service was hailed by a gong strike and ended with a silent action.
The confession was given time and space, the participants were asked to write (or leave blank) their confession on a piece of paper and place it in a bowl of water. The paper was a type that dissolved in water, so when at the bowl was stirred the confessions also dissappeared.
The significance for Maundy Thursday?
Wednesday 24 February
Our failures and dimmer moments can come all too often.
Others may not see us shrivel inside, but we will have times when what we do or think or say will diminish our very humanity.
Part of Jesus ministry, as pointed out by Robin Gamble in the Lenten book on offer at Huddersfield Parish Church as a resource, is that it only does he call us to repentance, but also reconciles our failures to God in forgiveness.
And in that moment God celebrates.
In God’s eye we are, we are becoming,we shall be perfect in his grace
Responding to God?
We heard of John the Baptist yesterday, sometimes seen as a prophet of the old order.
His calling is two fold. Turn to God and be prepared to be forgiven.
How often is the first heard but not the second.
To be forgiven is freeing – the bonds that crowd us in when we hold onto guilt and harm – when let go of because we are forgiven allow us to unlock such potential.
Repent and be forgiven is not just about God, but also of neighbour.
If forgiven by a neighbour the potential is just as great.
A good (forgiving) neighbour?
God said, “Go to Nineveh!” – so off Jonah went in the other direction. Yes, just as we often do too.
Yet, God didn’t stop after Jonah came out of the big fish – Jonah went to Nineveh!
Who better than Jonah to tell the people of the big city about God’s love for them, his willingness to save them if they’d turn from their selfish godless ways. Because that’s just what Jonah had experienced. He’d gone the opposite of God’s way, caused a load of trouble for himself and others, then got so miserable he realised that only God could put things right.
So he was the right guy to tell others about God’s forgiveness.
And who better than us to tell others of God’s love and forgiveness when we’ve blown it and then found that God is bigger than us after all. Yes, we hear God’s message of doom when we realise our mess. Then the way is open for forgiveness. Let’s respond!
Read the whole story of Jonah by clicking here.